Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.
The Obama administration has formed a small government team of technology experts that will help federal agencies identify and fix problems similar to what a group did for the troubled Healthcare.gov site last year.
The White House is reaching out to the nation's technology and agricultural sectors to develop new methods to monitor and respond to climate change, especially capabilities to ensure that crops and food distribution systems can cope with future climate-related disruptions.
Since the federal government invests $17 billion annually into employment and job-training programs, the White House is directing agencies to incorporate a series of elements that would help businesses better meet hiring needs and workers improve their outcomes.
The White House has released a new plan to better coordinate how the government conducts, manages and maintains its Earth-observing scientific systems.
While President Obama might be struggling with his popularity in the United States, he's number one on Twitter. As of June 25, Obama (@BarackObama) tops a world-leader list with 43.7 million followers. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is a distant second with 14 million followers on nine different language accounts, according to a 2014 global study by the global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller.
Agencies need to better offer telework, flexible schedules and childcare options to employees to attract and maintain a talented workforce, a June 23 White House memo says. "We should build on our record of leadership through better education and training, expanded availability of workplace flexibilities and work-life programs, as appropriate, and improved tracking of outcomes and accountability," the memo says.
The Obama administration doesn't need to develop new cybersecurity regulations, a review by the administration has concluded. Voluntary implementation of the cybersecurity framework that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February will suffice for now.
The Federal Communications Commission's new proposal on net neutrality has provoked concern from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security –two issues that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, recommends a May 1 report (pdf) from the White House on big data.